Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Sponsor District : District 6970
Sponsor Club: St. John's, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Oi, meu nome é James Gunnar Schmidt. No entanto, eles me chamam de Gunnar. Hello, my name is James Gunnar Schmidt. However, everyone calls me Gunnar. I am so excited to be representing the U.S. as an exchange student in Brazil. I am 17 years old; I live in St. John’s County, Florida, and go to Creekside high school. Along with my mother and father, I have a 16-year-old sister and a 19-year-old brother. I have graduated from Creekside High School as a junior so I can take a gap year. At Creekside I was very active in clubs like Hispanic Honors Society, National English Honors Society, Model United Nations, and Student United Way. I was also the Treasurer of the Photography club and a co-historian of the Art club. Traveling has been one thing that I think has changed my life for the better. I lived in Japan for 3 years due to my father’s job with the U.S. Navy. Living there was an amazing experience and I gained life long friends. Now I am excited to begin my new adventure in Brazil. I never thought that I would have even applied for Rotary, never the less got in, if it weren’t for my friend Emily who told me about her life changing adventure in Denmark in the 2015-2016 year. I am now excited to learn more about the Brazilian culture and get the opportunity to learn and hopefully become fluent in my favorite language, Portuguese. Traveling is seeing the world in the eyes of the locals and I am thankful to everyone who supported my dreams. From my sponsor club and district in Florida to my future host club and family, thank you so much for opening my eyes to the wonders of this world. Obrigado por tudo!